Nubar

4.2
778 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located under the glow of a Cambridge landmark and in the heart of Harvard Square, Nubar restaurant and lounge is now open at the Sheraton Commander Hotel. A chic neighborhood hangout emphasizing a comfortable bar and dining experience, Nubar restaurant serves food reflective of its surrounding neighborhood: smart, seasonal and approachable. Our patio is now open for lunch and dinner, weather permitting.
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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Horrible service. Poor timing with the service, food came out cold, the servers struggled to understand English.

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New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Lunch Brunch Dinner and Drinks.. This is the local spot to go and if you need too stay at the SC for the night.

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TM
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is the perfect restaurant before or after one of the many concerts at the nearby (100 yards) 1st Church Congregational opposite the Cambridge Common. (It's one of the only close by)

Food and service are fine and varied.

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CK
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The menu looked promising, but we were disappointed with the execution. The mushroom tarte appetizer was good but be prepared to wait at least 20 minutes for it. The duck breast arrived cold. The spinach salad was uninspired. The service was slow and inattentive.

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NB
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Nubar is a 'neighborhood restaurant' for me. This review concerns Sunday breakfast. They offer "buffet service only." They made "to order" omlettes. The rest of the breakfast was pretty much what you'd find in any middle-grade hotel - the usual cold cereals, oatmeal, precooked eggs, potatoes and bacon, yogurt, cut fruit, etc. The room is nice, the service was attentive, the location is great for anyone around Harvard Square.

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AD
New England
11 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The recommended wine was not very good...

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WZ
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Except for a delicious dessert called apple cranberry cobbler that wasn’t really a cobbler (dough was more like a cookie dough) so it shouldn’t be called that, all was perfect. If I could have awarded fractions of that 5th star, review would be more accurate. I really love Nubar.

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JC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Happy to have found a place that serves good food at fair prices but offered a quiet, spacious dining room, at least on the night I was there. Great for a pre-theater meal (short walk to the ART) or for lounging with friends. The rest rooms are a fair walk away from the dining area but if that's not a problem for you, this place is worth a try.

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New England
100 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nubar is our go-to place in Cambridge, especially with friends. The food is always great, the noise level reasonable, the waitstaff is knowledgeable and friendly, and the prices are fair. The menu changes often, and always using the freshest, local (when possible) ingredients. What's not to love!

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NN
New England
19 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

It was okay. Our only complaint is that the serving areas were a little messy, especially the dessert bar. We were one of the last brunch seatings probably, but the serving areas should have been kept clean without spilled food and crumbs all over.

Other than that, the staff was attentive and the food was pretty good.

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and kind waitstaff make Nubar a favorite for me.

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ML
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This was our second Christmas buffet. Elegant and delicious food!! Service was very hospitable and caring! It was nice not to be hurried. Made reservations five weeks ahead of time.

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OT
New England
41 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

good place in harvard square for a large group to meet for dinner. food was good, service a little rushed considering we were in for an early dinner and the place was fairly empty.

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L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went to Nubar for Sunday brunch to celebrate my birthday. We enjoyed the extensive buffet, with both breakfast items as well as more substantive fare (like chicken cacciatore and a salmon dish). The made to order omelet was excellent. I was happy to see that smoked salmon was available as that is a favorite. There was also a carving station (with pork roast) and some nice desserts. Drinks were brought to the table. We felt we got our money's worth. There were several large groups there, including one with several very young children, but the noise level was very reasonable. The dining area is open. The decor isn't very exciting, but is fine.

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p
New England
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The party there that night made it exceptionally loud..

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K
New England
15 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

I would have given Nubar a higher review as it is a favorite spot where I have dined many times. However, I had issues with my $100 gift card. For some reason, Nubar was unable initially to honor a partial use of the card ($75). It was only after I strongly questioned why this was not a "no brainer" that I was given a new card for $25.

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NW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our waitress was friendly but a little overbearing; telling us that we might not be able to split a sandwich and just inserting comments here and there. It was weird.

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PT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

It seems every time we go there is a party. It takes the enjoyment out of the experience. Considering not going there anymore.

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MC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great entres at a great price. Innovative and creative dishes and good wines! Loved it

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I had been warned the service is not good here, and it wasn’t.

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GG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We are regulars. The food is always good, with plenty of palate-pleasing options and matching sides. The service is good. There's a broad list of wine choices to complement the entrees. And deserts are always just right. The ambience is comfortable. We've recommended Nubar to many friends.

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MF
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Went to the thanksgiving buffet and food was surprisingly amazing. They had anything you couls thing of for the occasion. The service was not great because it was very packed and we were asked to leave after about an hour and 15 minutes because of other people coming. Overall would recommend if you are looking for a good thanksgiving meal. Worth the price.

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S
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Thanksgiving Buffett. Food was great.Carving station for turkey and ham,good choice of vegetables.Fabulous desserts. Excellent service

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B
New England
58 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second year we have eaten here for Thanksgiving. Wonderful buffet selection of food and desserts as well as really great service. Also liked that we weren't rushed out. Everything was delicious, and we will be back next year.

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E
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Lovely Thanksgiving buffet however, we were dismayed when we were rudely rushed out after a a little over an hour despite there being many vacant tables. It felt a bit like an assembly line and was not a relaxing dining experience towards the end, unfortunately.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner was delicious, staff attentive.... lovely evening!

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H
New England
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

A delightful lunch; good and interesting food with excellent service and friendly ambiance

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N
New England
18 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very good meal. It was our first time there, and it won’t be our last. The staff is very accommodating, making sure that people with food issues are well taken care of.

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B
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Solid. Fits the bill. Unpretentious but cozy and elegant. A go to spot. Highly recommended

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Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fantastic meal in relaxing setting. Wide variety of interesting and tasty cocktails: passion fruit one was refreshing. Separate extensive gluten-free menu was appreciated. Bisque soup was delightful.

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DJ
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Good place for dinner before a concert at Longy

Our waitress handled our party of 7 beautifully, and got us off to our performance in ample time

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DP
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We were hoping for a quiet environment where we could easily visit with family that we see only 3-4 times a year. The space was too noisy for us. It was also not very warm and we found wait staff to be brusque. These things colored our opinion of the rest of the evening.

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o
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure to eat at Nubar which is increasingly my go-to place for a quiet meal with consistently good food and a nice wine list. It’s convenient to many venues in Harvard square, the prices are reasonable and the staff is welcoming and attentive.

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W
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really great restaurant for pre theatre in Harvard square! Food was excellent and service the best. Would definitely go back!

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I had a great risotto. Good cocktails too.

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R
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for food and atmosphere. Would highly recommend for special occasions.

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V
San Antonio
41 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The server did not know how to serve. Not how to bring the food or how to clear.
Food was quite good
Very cold in the restaurant

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S
New England
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Sorry - normally I'm really happy with you. Friday night the salmon was over-cooked, the corn fritters were kind of bland and the kitchen was really really slow. There was the Cambridge teen party was going on so I can understand but an apology and free dessert would have made this experience a whole lot less painful!

I will give you another chance because I think you are worth fighting for.

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d
New England
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dine Out Boston - outstanding! Not all participating restaurants do vegetarian/vegan but Nubar is terrific

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LG
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here as part of Restaurant Week in Boston - got three courses for $33 and each one was delicious. The corn fritters were incredible!

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